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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jul 21, 2011 1:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My brain is boiling!

Here near Frostbite Falls, we are getting a one day 'reprieve' today. Temps only 88, but dew point finally dropped out of the upper 70's and low to mid 80's where it's been since Sunday. Add to that nearly 8 inches of torrential rainfall since last Thursday - the rain was actually quite warm as it fell - only to amply feed the atmosphere, allowing our dew points to break all local records! A couple of days at 81 and Tuesday we hit a dew point of 84 with a heat index of 119!!! We have been in the upper 90's for a week, so even one day in the upper 80's with a dew point in the 60's is relatively pleasant by contrast. We return to 90's with heat indexes over 100 starting tomorrow.

I'm sorry to say to folks east of the Mississippi, brace yourself for a torrid, yet tropical week's worth of these kinds of days.

'The Big Sleep', 'Rear Window' and 'After The Rains' have been good distractions ( 'Nanook of the North' is still ready if needed). For tunes, we've been listening to Orchestra Baobab's 'Pirate's Choice', Harold Budd's 'Luxa', Tuu, Burnt Sugar's 'Night In Tunisia, Sort Of', Sam Cooke's 'Porgy and Bess' and Michael Hurley's 'Ancestral Swamp' - and of course, Martin Denny and Yma Sumac . . . as was once sung "don't fight it, you've got to feel it ... feel it". And from the Dead, the Dark Star > Spanish Jam > U.S. Blues from Miami 6-23-74, and several selections from the summer of '76 with those slow, languid versions that seem well paced to fit current energy levels. Those slow, early blues tunes from '66 and '67 also work well.

After all, six months from now - it is our fate - we'll be looking at a few feet of snow and temps well below zero - without any wind chill, therefore I keep telling myself 'be here now' . . . and be cool, fellow forumites - this, too, shall pass.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 21, 2011 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My brain is boiling!

Whew ... "Be here now" is not a phrase that comes to mind here at the moment.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Jul 22, 2011 1:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: My brain is boiling!

Ring, I meant that I'm trying to appreciate, in the moment, this historic tropical and oppressive heat and humidity. Because - as hard as it is to fathom these days - in three or four months, those numbing winter winds will be returning. Heck, only two and a half months ago - on May Day - we had cold winds and snow blowing across our still very frozen brown and white - tundra like - landscape.

Though I'll admit, it is difficult to function in this 24/7 sweat lodge / sauna - like atmosphere. Truly, lazy days of summer. Good luck with helping your mom cope.

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